Rory McIlroy reacts after sinking his birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the Tour Championship.
Rory McIlroy reacts after sinking his birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the Tour Championship. ERIK S. LESSER

McIlroy ends season with huge pay day

GOLF: Rory McIlroy has come from the clouds to claim the season-ending Tour Championship and snatch the FedEx Cup from Dustin Johnson.

The Northern Irishman produced a stunning final round of 64 to finish in a three-way tie with America's Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell on -12under par.

The playoff went for four holes, with Chappell dropping out after the first.

McIlroy and Moore parred the 18th on the second playoff hole, and the third hole at the 15th, before McIlroy birdied the 16th to win the 10th edition of the FedEx Cup.

The victory meant a $13 million dollar pay day, with $3m for winning at East Lake in Atlanta and a $10m bonus for taking out the FedEx Cup.

US Open champion Johnson struggled to a 73 to leave him seven shots off the pace set by McIlroy, Moore and Chappell.

Johnson would have won the FedEx Cup had either Chappell or Moore won in Atlanta.

McIlroy and Moore both hit final-round 64s with Chappell, who was seeking a first PGA Tour success, posting a 66.

The world No.3 produced a late charge on the back nine, holing out for an eagle with a three wood from 137 yards at the 16th hole, then hitting a birdie at 18 after a chip from the bunker left him close to the flag.

McIlroy, who will be part of Europe's Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine, Minnesota this weekend, said he was determined not to let the FedEx Cup prize affect his approach to the final round.

"All I wanted to do was concentrate on winning the Tour Championship,” said the 27-year-old, who also won the Deutsche Bank Championship three weeks ago.

"I couldn't control what anyone else did. I needed to come out here and play a really good round of golf. I just wanted to go out and play the way I have been playing.

"I feel my game is really coming together at the right time, and two wins in the last three feels pretty nice.”

Adam Scott was the best-placed Australian in a share of eighth place on four-under following a five-under 65 in the final round.